Feb 15, 2013 1:00pm PST
, talking about the parents of hadiya pendleton and talking about the people of nourn. and now we're seeing the president make this plea in chicago. i guess realistically speaking from a political standpoint, how much do events like this accomplish? does it help him make this point? >> as we've seen, and you've watched it up close, the president's strategy is to go directly to the american people. you can't go to the city of chicago, even though you want to talk about opportunities, social programs, mental health services, increase in the minimum wage and all of the rest, you can't go to a place like chicago and not talk about gun violence. so what he's trying to do, i think, is say, look, this is not a rural issue versus an urban issue. this is an american issue. it's just one more way that -- he understands what the political odds are in congress for a ban on assault weapons. he gets that. but this is just one way for him to make the case to the american people to pressure members of congress and lots of them, by the way, as you know are democrats who are in districts where it might not b
Feb 15, 2013 4:00pm EST
has a home here. the 15-year-old hadiya pendleton was killed a mile from where his job is. the connection is very real for him. the gun violence rate is one of the highest in the country. the poverty rate in the south side of chicago where he will be speaking today, where he was once a community organizer, one of the highest in the country. we've been here a couple of days, talking to community organizers. they say the need has never been greater. so when the president comes here, politically the main thing is to give his message from the state of the union and put it on the ground where the people are and where the situations require it and, of course, south side of chicago is a place where urban violence is very much a foot. however, there's going to be the looming question, are you just giving your speech or are you going to make good on the promises here where you call home? a lot of people are so happy to see the president but they will be even more happy if these words turn into actions and help create opportunities for the kids they say will wind up killing themselv
Feb 15, 2013 9:00am PST
in that video of course state of the union the parents of hadiya pendleton who was gunned down in chicago just a week after she participated in the president's inauguration. how are folks talking about this? the president is going to come, he's going to talk a little bit about this. do they think it's going to be useful at all? >> i think a lot of people want the president's visit to basically extend the conversation that started with her death. it struck a nerve this city and they're hoping that the president will continue on that momentum on people doing what they can on a personal level. whether it's policing your own family or your own block or help to go get laws passed to extend the punishment for gun laws in this city. they're hoping that the president will help continue this dialogue because there's a real sense here that we're at a fork in the road and there's an opportunity for real change. >> ted, thank you. really appreciate it. again, the president will visit chicago this afternoon to talk about the gun violence. it is extraordinary when you look at what is happening in that city.
Feb 15, 2013 6:00am PST
the middle class but also he'll likely talk about gun violence. that's because 15-year-old hadiya pendleton was shot and killed a mile from obama's chicago home, days after performing at the inaugural luncheon in washington, d.c., during inaugural week. that sparked a petition with nearly 50,000 signatures demanding the president visit chicago and outline a specific plan to prevent gun violence. joining us from chicago is the woman who helped start the coalition, kathy cohen and mike shields, president of the chicago fraternal order of police. welcome to you both. >> good morning. >> thanks for having us. >> kathy, the president made a plea for congress to vote on his gun control proposals during the state of the union. that didn't satisfy you? >> no. i mean we're really looking for the president to offer a comprehensive analysis of kind of the factors that underlie gun violence. we support the president in looking for legislation to deal with gun control, but we also want the president to talk about the unemployment that young people face, the levels of poverty that they face, the kind of